Peaceful Change (DPC) is the first global Oikosnet project and
gained increasingly momentum in 2006/2007.
DPC is part of a
global coalition dedicated to creating safe spaces to overcome
division, through a structured process of mutual empowerment.
The program is based on work in Corrymeela, Northern Ireland,
and is applicable to conflicts, large and small - in communities,
organizations, families, and between individuals.
In 2006 three
further DPC trainings took place (in Northern Ireland and Ghana)
and the first generation of eight DPC trainers was certified.
For 2007, all six regions of Oikosnet have agreed to hold at
least one DPC training in their region. A major EU grant will
support this process, which develops growing dynamics under the
joint leadership of Stichting OIKOS (Utrecht/NL), Vesper Society
(San Francisco/US), and Tides Training (Corrymeela, Northern
Ireland/UK) and the EAALCE. The objective for DPC – which
understands itself as a contribution to the WCC’s Decade to
Overcome Violence – is to roll out this methodology globally and
create a self-sustaining global learning community of well-skilled
facilitators and trainers that can assist in mediating conflicts
In 2007 DPC
facilitator training programmes were held at Tatmagouche Centre
in Nova Scotia/Canada and in Victoria Falls/Zimbabwe. Meanwhile
one hundred facilitators have received their DPC certificates
and can start applying this very practical, skills-orientied
methodology of mediative dialogue in their respctive home
In Europe DPC
facilitator trainings in 2007 are planned in Valamo/Finland,
Volos/Greece and Corrymeela/Northern Ireland.